Integrative Physical Medicine
Dr. Cara offers several advanced Physical Medicine modalities in her practice including Structural Integration, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage, Neuromuscular techniques, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point release, Therapeutic Exercises, and Postural and Movement Re-education.
Integrative Physical Medicine
Naturopathic medicine acknowledges the foundational importance of a functional and strong physical body. Part of naturopathic training includes many credit hours studying manual therapies like joint and muscle manipulation, exercise science, and assessment for musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.
Prior to medical school, Dr. Cara was a massage therapist and also studied a form of bodywork called Hellerwork Structural Integration. This is a system that seeks to optimize posture and alignment, and functional mobility. Hellerwork also includes movement education to create structural integrity in the body. Hellerwork explores the connection of how the body reflects the mind, and frees set patterns of movement, enhancing your ability to adapt to life’s changes. Hellerwork is a sister method of bodywork to Rolfing Structural Integration. She has been practicing Hellerwork informed bodywork since 2003, and this is a foundation for her physical medicine approach with patients.
Dr. Cara’s goals are to bring the body into a better functioning state. Depending on the stage of inflammation and structural imbalances, a variety of techniques are used to stretch, relax, and strengthen muscles, break up adhesions, and decrease pain. Before and after each session, postural and range of motion assessments are done to rate progress and determine a treatment plan.
12-Session Structural Integration Series:
Traditionally, Structural Integration is practiced as a series of sessions, each one building off of the other, to address alignment and body awareness. While not indicated for all pain, the “series” is often a realistic time frame to consider in addressing chronic physical complaints. This allows for time to address not just the primary “problem” area, but to consider the whole body’s influence on that problem. Dr. Cara often tries to see patients initially every week for 3-4 weeks, then every other week, with a goal to complete the 12 session series in 6-9 months.
*There is a 15% package discount for sessions purchased in packages of 4.
Physical Medicine Offerings
Structural Integration Sessions:
- 75 minutes – See to the Left for details. It is best to do this as part of a series. This service combines Myofasical Release Techniques, Movement re-education, and Therapeutic exercises all carefully curated to promote optimal alignment and joint mobility. It also includes self-care instruction, and exploration of mental/emotional and physical connections. $175 per session.
Structural Integration Packages as part of a 12-Series: Purchase a package of 4 sessions – 15% discount.
Naturopathic Physical Medicine – 60 minutes: $140
Includes: Trigger Point Release, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage, Sports and Rehabilitative Massage, Therapeutic Exercises and Neuromuscular Re-education – 60 minutes: $140
In addition, Dr. Cara also often integrates kinesiotaping, hydrotherapy, topical ointments or aromatherapy applications at no extra cost. If warranted, Naturopathic consultation and injection therapies can be added to a visit for an additional fee.
Relaxation Massage*: a smooth, gentle, flowing style that is calming and relaxing, eases muscular tension, and improves circulation.
- 55 minutes – $100
- 85 minutes – $140
*this does not include extensive evaluation, assessment, rehabilitation, or naturopathic consultation.
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